Bleach 651 explains the curse behind Nanao Ise’s and family curse whereby any man who marries into their family are struck by a disease, similar to what happened to Nanao’s father, Shunsui’s older brother. On top of which, Nanao’s family owns a particular Zanpakuto which allows them to deal with God’s, she comes out to fight against Lille Barro.
Bleach 651 begins as someone calls out of a young Shunsui who is sleeping to wake up. The woman who wakes him up is Nanao’s mother. Lille looks on as he tries to figure out where they have gone when he see’s that they’re within his own shadow, thus he uses a technique which lights everything and erases all shadows from the ground, however Nanao appears from the shadow on his face carrying some sort of object.
Before this happens we see Shunsui and Nanao talk about Katenkyoukotsu that it has the possibility of splitting into Katen and Kyoukotsu. Thus Kyoukotsu is her own Zanpakuto. It’s mentioned that Katen (Flower) gave birth to Kyoukotsu (Lunatic). This was done at Nanao mother’s command.
Shunsui explains that the House of ISe is and always has been a lineage of females, as far back as their records go, only woman have been born to it. That is why they always have to search for husbands from outside the family, those men who marry into the family are all said to be stricken with the Curse of Ise and thus die early.
Those are of course many people who think the curse is nonsense, but her mother didn’t think that way. She wanted to sever herself from this curse and was prepared to end the Ise bloodline by leaving the family and marrying outside. But ultimately her husband also passed away soon after.
She was Shunsui’s older brother’s wife, or Nanao’s mother. His brother and him didn’t get along that well, but after he was married, he would visit his brother’s home which was a home of serenity and comfort, he found himself visiting and sleeping there very often.
But then his own brother died. It’s said that when the man dies, the wife will have to return to the original house, the house of Ise. It seems that even after trying to throw it all away, couldn’t escape from it. Nanao’s mother mentions that ever she couldn’t escape from the curse of Ise, maybe the root of all of that is the sword she holds.
She was desperate to free her daughter from the curse, thus she entrusted the Lunatic who loved Hide and Seek could find a place to conceal its whereabouts. But the sword is brought out when Lunatic pulls it out from her face. Nanao and Lille are up next for the battle as Nanao is well aware about the sword.
Nanao and Shunsui talk about the sword as they both hold it. She mentions that his desire to not give her the sword was for her own sake, just as it is was her mothers will to turn against the curse, she has her own will, to embrace the curse and further more, the person she looks up to would just look at the entire situation and laugh, calling curses nothing more than superstition.
All while Shunsui see’s Nanao mother’s face instead of Nanao. Shunsui let’s go of the sword as he gives it to her, as he mentions that with such a sword, she won’t have a problem. Nanao steps back from Lille as he mentions that it seems that the vice-captain seems to have come out to play.
Nanao’s lineage is explained to be Shinto Priests carrying out and governing rituals and rites, they don’t individually possess Zanpakuto’s, but the Head of the House inherits the single Zanpakuto, the sword was used in rituals, it cannot strike a person down. Rather it was made to face off against Gods. To take the power of a God into its own body and disperse it off into the Eight Directions.
It goes by the name of Shinken Hakkyouken! It’s finally time for Shunsui to relax a little as his vice-captain takes over for a little while as she uses its power to negate and defeat Lille, will she be able to do it? Let’s see as Bleach 651 ends here.
A pretty awesome chapter, Shunsui is going to have to relax for a little while Nanao takes over from now on with such a weird Zanpakuto against a God, Lille Barro. can’t wait for next week’s Bleach 652 as we see the true power of Nanao’s real Zanpakuto.